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While language is the carrier of human civilization, paper is the carrier of written language. The Chinese invented their system of written language in 2700 BC. Before the invention of paper, the Chinese used to write on strips of wood and bamboo, or cloth and silk. Problems with wooden blocks and flattened bamboo were they took up too much space, while cloth and silk were no cheap commodities. There arises the need for a more economical and convenient alternative.
 
 
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Before the invention of paper, the Chinese used to write on strips of wood and bamboo, or cloth and silk. A more economical and convenient material had yet to be invented.



Cai Lun (?~121 CE), a Han Dynasty court official, is popularly accredited with having invented paper using mulberry and other bast fibres along with fishnets, old rags, and hemp waste.

 

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Cai Lun, inventor of paper



In ancient China, general steps of papermaking are:
1. Soak plant fibers (like hemp, tree barks, old rags, etc.) in water, and beat and grind them to a slurry.
2. Strain the slurry through a cloth sieve/screen attached to a frame, leaving a mat of randomly interwoven fibres on the screen.
3. Let the mat of fibres dry out to make paper.

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Steps of making paper.



Paper spread to the Islamic world in the 8th century, allegedly by Chinese prisoners of war following the Battle of Talas (751 CE). The Arabs were to refine the rudimentary and laborious process of papermaking. Bulk production of paper began in Bagdad, and water-powered mills that were used to preparing the pulp for papermaking in the 8th century have been found in Samarkand. It was from the Islamic world that papermaking was diffused further to Europe.

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